Posted by News Express | 1 September 2017 | 2,028 times
Tension has risen in the flanks of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the emergence of Comrade Tony Nwoye as the flagbearer of the party for the governorship election in Anambra State which holds on November 18.
Already four support groups, registered with the national secretariat of APC, have rejected Nwoye's election, appealing to the National Working Committee (NWC) and the Presidency to drop Nwoye as the candidate of the party if it must win the governorship election.
The Groups were not only calling for the cancellation of the primary election that produced Nwoye but as well called on NWC to order a re-run in which Senator Andy Uba and Nwoye would not participate.
The organisations include the Anambra All Progressives Congress Forum Abuja led by Chief Obum Ozuanwu, and All Progressives Congress Voters Club led by Ifeanyi Obinna.
Others are South-East All Progressive Congress Forum led by its Coordinator Mazi Chuzzy, and Igbo/Yoruba Unity Forum led by Godwin Okafor. They asked him to stop commending President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC for a level playing ground as it was not necessary, vowing to work against the party if Nwoye was not substituted.
Spokesperson of the groups and National Vice Chairman of Coalition of APC Support Groups South-East Zone, Mazi Chuzzy called for the suspension of Nwoye and Uba from APC for allegedly openly sharing money to procure votes at the venue of the primary election and even asking delegates to take pictures of their votes in order to collect more money after voting.
The groups wanted a better and credible candidate to be used to substitute Nwoye to enable the party win the elections as, according to them, Nwoye allegedly had so much baggage including his godfather who has allegedly spent over N3 billion just for the primary.
Part of the statement read in part: “Our Party, the APC is known for its anti-corruption stance and we should not allow people from the PDP with corruption hanging on them to come and take the position of rightful party members. Nwoye and Uba should first be members of the party and wait for their turn to participate in the party’s primary but not now. Some people have been in the party for long and they just came to take the position of those who have been in the party. We won’t allow that.
"Why should our party known for fighting corruption offer its ticket to Nwoye who spent 16 years in PDP and was allegedly associated with the atrocities of the PDP in the state, especially during (the tenure of) Dr Chris Nwabueze Ngige as Governor, when Ngige was kidnapped and government establishments burnt?
‘’Why should delegates' choice be twisted because a money bag was bent on sponsoring a candidate in a manner that seems an imposition on the party."
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